- to send forth (liquid, light, heat, sound, particles, etc.); discharge.
- to give forth or release (a sound): He emitted one shrill cry and then was silent.
- to utter or voice, as opinions.
- to issue, as an order or a decree.
- to issue formally for circulation, as paper money.
Origin of emit
1620–30; < Latin ēmittere to send forth, equivalent to ē- e-1 + mittere to send
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- to give or send forth; dischargethe pipe emitted a stream of water
- to give voice to; uttershe emitted a shrill scream
- physics to give off (radiation or particles)
- to put (currency) into circulation
Word Origin for emit
C17: from Latin ēmittere to send out, from mittere to send
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